Whew! What a wild, wonderful, windy morning it was on the Indian River Lagoon today! With winds topping 30 mph, there were actually whitecaps on the waves, a rare occurrence around here. The cool weather was also welcome, as I expect we’ll soon get into the summer heat, with no escape in sight for months. …
Welcome to the new home of Sky Diary!
Chris Kridler’s storm chasing site is here, with photos, chase reports, kids’ pages and more
You’ve landed in the middle of a transformation. Sky Diary’s new home is here on my official site, ChrisKridler.com (the main menu is above in case you’re looking for the Chris Kridler home page, author services, books and more). I started chasing storms in 1997 and soon after that developed a website, first on America Online and then on the web. After building Sky Diary for more than twenty years in HTML, it became a bit creaky. I’m in the process of capturing the best of Sky Diary and transferring it to this site for a more reader-friendly experience. Old pages at SkyDiary.com will forward to the new ones as appropriate. Much of the content is here already, though the old galleries with storm-chasing reports will linger a little longer as I save some of the best material and put it in my blog. You can already find storm chasing posts in my blog from recent years. Stay tuned for more updates to this page.
Storm Chasing 2021Ready to hit the road? After a hiatus thanks to the pandemic, I’m making plans to head for the Plains for storm chasing this spring! Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The kids’ storm pages are live!
Some of my favorite chases
Chase 2016: Incredible 20th year
My Tornado Alley chase was incredible in 2016, with many tornadoes and photogenic storms.
2014: Attica, Kansas, tornadoes
May 12, 2004, Attica, Kansas, tornadoes
Recent storm chasing posts
I’ve seen an occasional sun halo here in east-central Florida, and I’ve also seen sun dogs. But I’ve never seen a halo of the complexity I witnessed the afternoon of February 10 in Rockledge. My best shot of the phenomenon was my first, with my phone. I got my “real” camera a little late to …
I chased lightning storms tonight as they made their way into Brevard County, Florida. Farther west, the storms had earned severe warnings and even a tornado warning. I headed to the St. Johns River first, seeing a beautiful lightning-illuminated shelf cloud on the way. The shelf had eased over my position by the time I …
As I’m not chasing in the Plains this year because of the COVID-19 plague, I’m trying to grab a chase here and there near my home in eastern Florida. This wasn’t a great night for lightning, but I caught a couple of bolts on May 26, 2020, in Viera, Florida. I’ll take what I can …
I’m back-dating this post, as I didn’t have a chance to post the photos before now. And also, somehow, I hoped maybe I’d get to chase in Tornado Alley this season. Given the ongoing pandemic and the possibility of either getting and spreading COVID-19 or increasing the burden on some small town’s health system if …
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